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WordPress 3.5 released

WordPress Version 3.5
WordPress Version 3.5, named for Elvin Jones, was released to the public. The version consists of many upgrades.

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How to optimize your blog for mobile

Why optimize your site for mobile? To encourage visitors to return! Have you ever tried to surf a site not optimized for mobile? They are often unreadable, and are often too hard to navigate. Optimization allows websites to adapt their ergonomics to make them more user-friendly and more fluid for use by mobile users. To optimize its SEO is another reason why you should make your blog optimized for mobile. There are mobile factors that are taken into account by search engines to determine the position of a website on the results page, and they are different depending on whether you are connecting from a desktop computer or a mobile device. For example, how the page is displayed on a laptop affects its indexing, but a site that is not optimized for searches via a mobile device will be at a disadvantage when competing for mobile device traffic.

A WordPress Blog

If your website/blog is developed in WordPress then there is nothing easier than optimizing it for mobile use. Install the plugin WP Touch and let yourself be guided during installation. The setting of preferences and graphics via this plugin is all you need to make your blog readable from any laptop or mobile device.

A Joomla Blog

Your website is developed in Joomla with their CMS (Content Management System), and you want it to be readable on Smartphone or tablet? You can download the extension “Joomla Mobile” that allows you to make it more readable on mobile devices. This is a custom-made plugin, so all you need to do is install it and follow its instructions.

HTML and CSS

If your website is developed hard with HTML and CSS, you must create a style that is uniquely for mobile reading. You will need to do this and name the file “mobile.css.” One of the most important things to do in order to optimize your site for a Smartphone is to create a style that is usable with a Smartphone, because you’re not going to want to display the same thing on a PC and a Smartphone. You are going to need to omit some things are like the sidebar, and some images. Other things you may need to add or change to make it perfect–this is why we must create a style sheet (mobile.css).

Adding the file to your host/server

Once you have created your style sheet, it needs to be added to your host or server, which may be done through embedding it into your current website and uploading pages. How you get your style sheet online is going to depend upon your own circumstances. You may be using HTML or your own CMS, so this is a part you will have to figure out yourself (for your own circumstances).

Check on your efforts

Once you are sure that you have created and uploaded your mobile website, you are going to have to check to see if it works. There are online tools that will help you to check the functionality of your mobile website. They are good if you want to thoroughly check every feature, but if you just want a brief overview of whether it functions or not, you need simply to access your site via a smart phone. Explore your mobile website and check any of its tools and a few of its links. If you are happy with it then you can leave it for now and run a full online analysis the next time you update it.

Duplicate content

The rules on this are a little bit blurry, but many people are saying that if your mobile website has the same content (duplicate) as your desktop website–it will be considered duplicate content. This means that one or both of your websites are going to be punished. How true this is–is unknown, but it does not seem like a risk worth taking.

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Google+ has passed 500 million members

k Google+ has passed 500 million members, the company revealed in a blog post Thursday. Of these users, 135 million are said to be actively visiting the social network each month.

Google previously announced that it passed 400 million Google+ members in mid-September and had more than 100 million monthly active users at the time.

In the blog post announcing the new numbers, Google’s SVP of engineering Vic Gundotra described Google+ as “the fastest growing network thingy ever.”

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ReWack Blog Awards 2013: Nominate

Nominate your own or favorite blog at ReWack Blog Awards 2013. The winners will get a badge and some other giveaways. The finalists will get a badge.

If you wish to sponsor it, please contact us at here.

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How To Get More Comments On Your Blog

Some people spend many hours writing a blog and sharing it across various social networks with the hope of getting tones of shares and comments. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for some bloggers. Failing to get comments and shares can be demoralizing to a blogger. However, there are strategies that can be used to get more comment on a blog.

Strategies for getting more comments on your blog

Research properly

Detailed research is very important for any blogger. You should not only research about the content of the topic that intend to write on, but about the success of other blogs as well. There are blogs that get more visitors, comments and shares than others. You can be a frequent visitor of such blogs to learn the tactics they use to draw more audience. Although you need to be original in your blogging, such blogs can give you important insights to guide you in improving your blog. You may learn something that you have not been doing or what you have been doing in a wrong manner.

Drive traffic to your blog

You cannot get comments unless people visit your blog. Therefore, find out more about effective strategies for drawing more visitors to your blog. Come up with effective ways of building audience for your blog. You can use social media and other means of attracting more people to your blog. You also need to be a frequent blogger to ensure retention of audience. Therefore, keep your audience anticipating for regular publications and do not fail them. Your visitors will comment on the blog based on what they learn after visiting and reading your articles.

Publish fresh content

Although you should keep your audience anticipating, they should not be able to predict what you will talk about. Therefore, conduct thorough research before choosing the topic to write about. Be keen on current happenings to have fresh ideas suitable for the contemporary context. This will enable you to come up with unique and topical content in your blog. Fresh content is more likely to result to diverse opinion from the audience. This will lead to conversation and interaction among the audience in form of comments.

Respond to other bloggers

You may read a post of another blogger and get ideas from their topic or content. You can excerpt a paragraph from such bloggers to write content that looks like a response to their views. Have a link in your comment that drive audience of that blogger to your blog. However, let the blogger know that you are linking them. Also write something that will let the audience know what you are linking them to.

Be interactive

To ensure that you keep your audience interested, respond to their comment. After posting on your blog, you may notice a reader who has written a comment after a short while. It is important that you respond to such a comment. This will show them that you value their attention. In addition, it will depict opinions of two different people drawing attention of more readers.

Establish a network

If you have friends and family members who are interested in topics you write about, let them know about it. This will ensure that they comment on very post that you write. In case you have friends who are bloggers, you can ask them to read your posts. However, you also have to keep reading their posts and leaving comments. Nevertheless, this enables you to establish a network that will guarantee you comments every time you post on your blog.

Write content that readers can relate to

When establishing a blog you have a target audience in mind. Therefore, always ensure that you write content that readers will relate to. Have them in mind when doing your research and even when compiling your finding into a final blog post.

Have contest and polls on your blog

You can have polls whose outcomes will be determined by the responses of the audience. You may also have contests in which random prizes are given to readers who leave comments after reading a blog post.

Basically, there are many ways that can be used to get more comments on a blog. However, their suitability may depend on the target audience. Therefore, it is always important to have the target audience in mind while writing blog posts and choosing means of attracting audience and comments.

Author Bio:
Jason Smith is an online consultant for Maxwell Systems that provides construction software solutions . Jason likes blogging about online strategies that are related to SEO, Content, PPC & Lead generation. In his free time he likes to study about web designing and practice Jiu Jitsu.

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7 Sure Ways Your Blog Will Never Generate Traffic!

Blogs are a great forum to share your opinion, ideas and expertise. But the philosophy of build it and they will come is not true in the world of the web. Millions of blogs exist and without some work, yours is at risk of falling deep in the search results among the others never to be read.
Here are a few sure fire ways to guarantee that you will not see any traffic on your blog.
1. Close yourself off – Guest blogging and accepting guest blog posts alike is a great way to keep your page current and to build backlinks to your content. By encouraging others to post on your blog, you gain their help in promoting their database of readers to come see what they have to say on your site. In turn, when you guest blog on other people’s blogs, you do the same by getting your content in front of new sets of eyes.
2. Pay no attention to design – The look and feel of your blog directly impacts whether a person wants to stay on your site when they arrive or whether they feel like running. When you design a blog that looks appealing, people will be more likely to read what you have to say. If your content is compelling enough, you will have a repeat visitor and a loyal fan that will help spread the word about your site to their network of friends.
3. Participate on other sites – One great way to get found is to participate in discussions online. This can be done by leaving comments on blogs or answering questions on sites such as Quora. When you do this, you tell the world that you are an expert in a particular topic. If they want to read more, you could easily get high quality leads going to your blog to consume your content.
4. Give no way to subscribe – Do not expect to be remembered tomorrow by the people who visited you today. Instead, take your opportunity to stay in front of them by having an easy way to subscribe. Drive subscriptions by making your subscribe box visible and noteworthy so people have no choice but to see it.
5. Become a hermit – Believe it or not, even though your blog and business are online, meeting people face to face is still one of the best ways to drive people to your site. When you become a hermit you lose touch with the world and fail to network in a meaningful way that can help your business and blog grow. Instead, attend conferences and get out and meet people at local networking events as often as you can.
6. Disengage with your readers – People generally go to a blog to gain some sort of information. However, when there is no engagement, they may feel as if their voice is not being heard and may not have as much desire to engage with you. Instead, ask questions in your blog posts, survey your readers and find new ways to get them to post comments on your blog that will make them feel more invested in what you have to say.
7. Avoid controversy – This is a difficult one but without getting involved in current topics or events, you lose out on the ability to start a conversation on your site about something important and help generate traffic in that way. Your blog is your forum to voice an opinion and controversial topics are a great way to do this. But remember, always leave the forum open for others to voice their opinions back in return and start a conversation instead of a dispute.
Blogging can be a great way to generate traffic, but without doing it right your blog could be left flat and without the visitors you need to succeed.

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Patrick Del Rosario is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s pioneer and leading providers of Open Colleges Management Courses and diploma of management. When not working, Patrick enjoys blogging about career and business. Patrick is also a photography enthusiast and is currently running a photography studio in the Philippines. If you have a blog and would like free content. You can find him on Google+ or drop a line at patrick (at) oc.edu.au.

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Twitter suffers sustained outage

SAN FRANCISCO: Two service outages within the course of several hours rocked microblogging platform Twitter on Thursday, as users worldwide reported significant down-time and slow service across both Twitter’s website and mobile applications.

The San Francisco-based company declined to say whether a technical failure or a malicious attack was to blame.

North American traffic levels for Twitter.com sharply plummeted on two occasions between 8:30 a.m. PDT (1530 GMT) and 11:00 a.m. PDT (1800 GMT), according to data provided by network analytics company Sandvine.

The first outage lasted between 8:30 a.m. (1530 GMT) and 10:00 a.m. (1700 GMT), data showed.

Twitter acknowledged the disruption in a mid-morning blog post that was continually revised as the service resumed, only to fail for a second time before 11:00 a.m.

“The issue is on-going and engineers are working to resolve it,” the company said in its last blog update.

Twitter, founded in 2006, was plagued in its early years by frequent outages as its servers struggled to handle the ever-rising volume of tweets generated by users worldwide.

The company, which has been under pressure to demonstrate a viable business model, has also made an emphasis on improving its site reliability in recent years. But the service, which hosts 400 million tweets daily, still experiences periodic disruptions.

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